Facebook is suing a site called Faceporn, saying the name and concept is too similar.
Facebook filed suit on October 15 in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, claiming that Faceporn is in violation of copyright, according to PCMag.
A notice on the Faceporn website says: “Faceporn will be back! Due to unforeseen circumstances, faceporn is down until further notice. We are doing our best to come back better than ever. We’re currently working to launch a completely new version of the site, and it will be the best porn site the world has ever seen.”
There are just two updates on the Faceporn Twitter account, which claims its location is France. The first, in April, says “Registration is now open! http://www.faceporn.com” and the second, on October 20, says “Forced to close down for a while, due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ll be back though. Better than ever!”
Documents Facebook filed with the courts say that Faceporn “blatantly copied the Facebook logo, site, and Wall trademark”. The site apparently does have a wall and a blue-and-white design and users can send “flirts” rather than “pokes”. Facebook has requested that Faceporn creator Thomas Pederson surrender the domain name and all revenue from it.
In August Facebook sued a site called Teachbook, a networking site for teachers, for the use of the word “book” in its name. However, that site is still up and running at the present time. The company is also suing several spammers.